“Barbara got our daughter engaged in the college selection process and persuaded her to consider a wider variety of schools. As a result, our daughter had great- and financially realistic- options. It was some of the best money we’ve ever spent!”      Meredith, parent in Maryland

“Barbara was easily the most helpful and influential person in my college process. She helped me shape my list of colleges to apply to, and also helped me determine what qualities I was looking for in a college, something I wasn’t even sure about myself. Her essay help was clear and personal, and it was apparent that she knows the college process well and wants you to look as good as possible to admissions boards. I’m a bit of a procrastinator, but even when I was cutting it close to deadlines, Barbara responded swiftly to my questions and supported me through the final days. After the results of the process, Barbara helped me decide which college was the best fit for me, and I’m proud of the school I will be attending! I’m so thankful for the help and support Barbara provided me – she kept me grounded and thoughtful throughout the year-long journey and I would highly recommend her to any high schooler who wants their college application to shine!”  Carter, student in California

“Barbara is calm, positive, and encouraging. She is smart and knows college admissions inside and out. We are 100% pleased with this service!”   Sarah, parent in Texas

“Barbara was an indispensable resource for me as a parent and for my son as we navigated the increasingly complicated process of college application. From creating an initial list of possible options through to acceptance, Barbara was there as much or as little as needed at different points throughout the process. We were hit with an unexpected bump at the end of the road which she handled with confidence, experience, and good humor. Ultimately, we were all thrilled with the final outcome as the perfect fit for our son. In fact, we have already begun initial work with her for our daughter, a high school freshman. There is no way a high school college counselor can compare with the individual attention from an expert like Barbara.”  Kate, parent in Connecticut

“We are recommending you to all our friends. The school guidance office offered no help and we were clueless about where to start. You helped us with planning for classes and testing and answered every single question we had about applications. We are thrilled Jacob was admitted to most of the schools on his list including two of his three reach schools. We could not have done it without you and we look forward to partnering with you again for our younger two!” Brenda, parent in North Carolina

Although we had talked informally for several years, I began officially working with Barbara during the summer of my daughter’s junior year. Right out the gate she saved us time, money, and headaches with advice on the best test (ACT vs. SAT) for my daughter’s abilities and interests. She spent a lot of time getting to know my daughter and what she wanted in a college experience. Barbara’s advice was a welcome addition to that provided by my daughter’s independent school guidance office. Her insights on which colleges and universities to keep on our “explore” list and which to jettison helped us narrow our focus on what was important. The biggest advantage Barbara offered was her ability to act as a neutral third party. When my daughter had questions about the admission process, for example, I could say, “That’s a good question for Barbara!” My daughter e-mailed Barbara for answers, which empowered my daughter and allowed me to avoid teenage dismissiveness of my answers to her questions. Our college selection process went smoothly, so of course we derailed at the end of April just days before the decision day of May 1. Barbara was available for an emergency phone call in which my daughter realized that her first-choice school, which was a perfect fit for her, was in fact too far away for her comfort. Barbara’s calming manner, expert advice, and knowledge of my daughter worked in tandem with high school college guidance to come up with an innovative plan that met all of my daughter’s needs.

Barbara takes the time to get to know both parent and student in order to offer the best advice to meet everyone’s needs. I knew my child’s needs mattered to her, and I’m grateful to the support during what can be a very stressful and prolonged process.

I highly recommend Barbara’s services to any college-bound student and his family, regardless of achievement or income level. You won’t regret it. “- Gretchyn, parent in Pennsylvania

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